Note: There is a ~10-level-per-day cap, with an apparent max level of 200. The cap appears to reset about midnight Eastern (-4 GMT). There should be many more fish types to be added to the charts, along with titles, maybe even deeds, once people get high enough levels.
For the record, I started this post 7:15PM Sunday April 20, 2008, 3rd day into the Roheryn Book 13 patched release. I began this post at Fishing Skill 31.
SPOILER ALERT: For those who want to be surprised about the new denizens of the deep you'll be able to snag as your skills advance, avert thy eyes.
To learn the Fishing Hobby Skill, simply go to your local Hobby Master. (See locations below under Hobby Masters, Vendors, and Quests.) They will teach you how to fish, give you a basic fishing pole, and give you a short quest to find the local Fishing Supplier. Then just find a body of water and start fishing! A quick way to find where you can fish is to look at our database's lists of Lakes, Rivers and Streams.
Every so often you will see a fish jump out of the water across your float. If you did not see the float move, that is not a hit!
The higher the level of the fish you catch the more Experience you get for the catch. Trash such as weeds and rusty weapons give no experience. At levels 1-10 you should level up every 4 to 5 catches.
Here is a list of known catches. (Rare varieties are in another table below.) If your fishing level is less than or equal to the "Trivial" number, you gain 1 fishing level for the catch—if you haven't reached your daily cap.
We are not sure when, but it appears most "trash" results have been removed from the game.
|10+||Salmon<s>||see Trophy Fish||25c||Trophy||varies|
|58+||Darter<s>||see Trophy Fish||25c||Trophy||varies|
|60+||Trout<s>||see Trophy Fish||25c||Trophy||varies|
|62+||Sturgeon<s>||see Trophy Fish||25c||Trophy||varies|
|117||Golden Mullet||13c||Cook recipe||160|
|156||Largemouth Bass||13c||Cook recipe||Max|
Many fish have a rare "trophy" counterpart with a nifty name (Giant Goldfish, Magnificent Minnow, etc.) that can be caught, starting a few levels above the regular fish. If you catch one (you'll know it - the text is purple), a Fishing Taxidermist (there's one in Bree-Town near the vault, at Whitethorn's Taxidermy) will mount it free as a wall decoration for your home. The decorations are tradeable, so a potential moneymaker if rare enough. Check out the taxidermist to see what trophies are available. And check out this fantastic link from borgiered with pictures of all known trophies to date!
|Giant Goldfish||Barbarous Barbel||Gleaming Grayling|
|Great Golden Mullet||Magnificent Minnow||Superb Smelt|
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Most fish can be caught virtually everywhere. But a few species offer several variants, related both to fishing levels and zone. To catch them, you must be the appropriate fishing level and fishing in an appropriate zone of the world. Since they're quite rare, numbers are still iffy as of 5/7. If you catch any of the fish shown below (or a new one not shown), please feel free to post what it was, what level you were, and where you were. Here is a preliminary breakdown. Approximate min. fishing level ("FL") is in parentheses. So far all appear to be worth 25c each. None appears to have any use other than mounting for a trophy.
|Fish||Low Zones||Mid Zones||Mid-High Zones||High Zones||Special Rewards|
|Ered Luin, Shire, Bree||Lone Lands, North Downs||Evendim, Trollshaws||Forochel, Angmar|
|Salmon<s>||2-pound Salmon (10)|
15-pound Salmon (50)
|4-pound Salmon (11)|
20-pound Salmon (70)
40-pound Salmon (170)
|6-pound Salmon (30)|
30-pound Salmon (80)
|10-pound Salmon (40)|
40-pound Salmon (100)
50-pound Salmon (151)
|Specific trophy for each fish|
Deed: Salmon King
Title: Salmon King
|Darter<s>||Redfin Darter (60)|
Bandfin Darter (65)
|Greenfin Darter (60)|
Blackfin Darter (85)
Splendid Darter (100)
|Longfin Darter (80)|
Bloodfin Darter (87)
|Orangefin Darter (70)|
Firebelly Darter (90)
|Darter Group Trophy|
|Trout<s>||Brown Trout (60)|
Speckled Trout (85)
Lake Trout (95)
|Bull Trout (80)|
Red Spotted Trout (80)
|Cutthroat Trout (75)|
Rainbow Trout (90)
|Redband Trout (70)|
Golden Trout (90)
|Trout Group Trophy|
|Sturgeon<s>||Dwarf Sturgeon (60)|
Shovelnose Sturgeon (80)
|Shortnose Sturgeon (69)|
Pallid Sturgeon (80)
|Green Sturgeon (75)|
Lake Sturgeon (88)
White Sturgeon (100)
|Fringebarbel Sturgeon (70)|
Starry Sturgeon (90)
Bait has been removed from the game.
'' Note on poles: Through Level 132, evidence suggests that good poles only make a real difference at lowest levels. There is also zero evidence that poles with a bonus let you catch above your level. Still testing. See Catch Test section.
Bass with Carrots and Onions
In order to keep this page size down, all early tests have been removed to this post. The tests below are in chronological order, most recent at the top.
(18) Test by Aethelberht of nightcrawler vs. no bait. 7/24-26. Bridgefields, lvl 200, +5 pole, 100 catches each. Details here.
Conclusion: Meh. No significant difference between the two at all. There's still no consistent indication at all that bait works at all, on any level. More tests to follow, just to drive the point home to Turbine if for no other reason!
(17) Test by Aethelberht of nightcrawler vs. no bait. 5/26. Bywater, lvl 200, +5 pole, 100 catches each. Details here.
Conclusion: Wow. Very similar results to the previous test (#16 below) with the same conditions. With nightcrawler, twice in a row I've gotten fewer trophies but more recipe fish. This seems pretty interesting. Definitely worth yet another test.
(16) Test by Aethelberht of nightcrawler vs. no bait. 5/20. Bywater, lvl 200, +5 pole, 100 catches each. Details here.
Conclusion: Well, with bait my trophies & rares went down the drain, junk was up. But there -is- that recipe spike. Worth a second identical test.
(15) Ongoing tests by Telab to look at catch-type averages over time. Test updated 5/14. Latest details here. Starting at level 70 Telab has level-capped, made 100 catches, and recorded overall spread of catches. Currently at 800 catches.
(14) Test by Aethelberht of +5 pole vs. +0 pole. 5/11. SE Forochel, lvl 172, no bait, 100 catches each. Details here.
Conclusion: +0 pole gave less junk and more rares, but less trophy & less recipe. Adding this one to the record without trying to draw conclusions.
(13) Test by Aethelberht of red wiggler vs. no bait, 5/8. Eavespires (NW Evendim), lvl 152, +0 pole, 100 catches each. Details here.
Conclusion: Still no consistent evidence that bait has any positive effect at all.
(12) Ongoing tests of +0 pole vs. +5 pole leveling alts from 1 to 11. Test updated 5/6. Details here. I have begun to create alts with the sole purpose of levelling their fishing skill from 1 to 11, then destroying and recreating them. There will be an equal number of tests using a +0 pole and a +5 pole. Any and all anglers are welcome to post their results; I'll keep the tally together on the details page. Conclusion: Still testing.
(11) Test by Rillas of +5 pole vs. +0 pole, 5/4. Falathlorn, Ered Luin. 100 catches, Level 111, no bait. Details here.
Conclusion: No evidence of better catches with +5 pole.
Aethelberht, Hobbit Burglar Level 38; Celebraith, Elf Hunter Level 16; Gurdimon, Roheryn Test-Toon, on Sabbatical
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|This page was derived from a guide originally posted on our Lord of the Rings Online site, written by aethelberht.|